Monthly Archives: September 2012

First for You: Florida’s Constitutional Amendments

According to Rod Sullivan, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Amendment 1 has become a non-issue.  The Amendment would “prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage.”

Read (and watch) more at First Coast News.

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Coastal Law’s enhanced Bar Pass Program

I would like to remind all students about the development of our enhanced Coastal Law Bar Pass Program, which is now more comprehensive and customizable than ever before. I highly encourage 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls to take advantage of this program because it will maximize your chances for passing the bar exam the first time.

This program incorporates the best aspects of BARBRI and Kaplan, and offers enhanced techniques tailored to student needs and requests. While in school, students can expect access provided free of charge to study programs, subject outlines, and practice multiple choice questions. Graduating students can take advantage of BARBRI’s traditional bar preparation program plus extras like their Essay Advantage Program. In addition, you will be enrolled in Kaplan’s Final Review Course, have access to their Qbank and receive their Multistate Workbook which gives you more than 1,000 additional questions. Enrolling in Coastal’s program gives you access to all of this, and more at a substantial discount. Finally, you will be able to participate in our Bar Coaching Program which has been specifically tailored to coordinate with this new comprehensive program. To find out more, check out the online brochure by clicking here: Coastal Law Bar Pass Program

Following four days of competition, the preliminary rounds of the Mock Trial Intramural Competition are complete. Congratulations to this year’s highest scoring prosecution team, Justin Norman and Tracey Engle. Congratulations also to this year’s highest scoring defense team, Theresa Carli and Hillary Sheridan. These two teams will face off in the Finals this Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. in the trial courtroom, room 450. We invite you all to attend the Finals.

Applications for in-house clinics and non-judicial credit-bearing externships for the Spring 2013 semester are now available both on Symplicity and the Law School’s website. Hard copies are available in the Clinic Office, Room 255. Clinics and externships are fabulous opportunities to gain practical legal experience. The deadline for submitting application materials is October 5th.

Students interested in applying for an externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office should check the posting for such on Symplicity or Professor McDowell’s e-mail that was sent and will be resent. Application materials for this externship must be e-mailed directly to the United States Attorney’s Office. The deadline is October 5th. First year students are not eligible for these placements.

The Disability and Public Benefits Clinic successfully appealed the reduction of Medicaid benefits for a developmentally disabled adult. The 1st DCA reversed the Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ order reducing the client’s benefits and remanded the matter back to the Agency for reinstatement of services deemed medically necessary and essential to maintaining the client’s independence in the community. Special recognition goes to Spring 2012 graduates Keith Carroll and Angela Lane who wrote the Appellant’s initial brief and current student clinician, Andrew Voelker, who wrote the reply brief.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS – REGISTER NOW FOR CERTIFIED LEGAL INTERNSHIP (CLI) CLEARANCE! The number one attribute that employers are looking for on law graduates’ resumes is Practical Legal Experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to become a CLI and get that valuable hands-on experience. Remember, you cannot even be considered for a CLI without first obtaining your Clearance through the Florida Bar. It is critical that you apply for your Clearance as early as possible and preferably your first semester of law school. It can sometimes take a couple of years for the Florida Bar to complete your Character and Fitness Clearance. Even if you do not plan to practice in Florida, you should get your Clearance so that you can participate in these valuable externships, clinics and skills labs opportunities. If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please communicate with Academic Success or Clinical Programs.

If you have strong research and writing skills and are interested in learning how judges make decisions and how courts are run, then you are encouraged to apply for a Judicial Externship this spring. The application for Spring 2013 Judicial Externships is now available at There will also be an informational meeting on September 17 from 12-1 in room 415 if you would like more information on judicial externships.

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Free speech vs. hate speech: Where is the line drawn?

“We know today for a virtual certainty that if you burn a Quran and you put it on YouTube, somewhere somebody in the world is going to die as a result of violence caused by that YouTube video,” said Rod Sullivan, a constitutional law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. “Therefore it’s sort of an emerging question as to whether or not the courts can prohibit that kind of speech because it does incite violence someplace else.”

Read more, and watch the video, at

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Technology of the Week- dLaw & Lawstack


The app is FREE and provides access to:

Federal Rules of:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Appellate Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Bankruptcy Procedure
  • U.S. Constitution (free as separate addon)

Features Include:

  • RSS Section for legal news/blogs
  • Keyword searching
  • Limit searching to specific chapters/titles
  • Bookmark and include your
  • Your own notes
  • Share content


The app is FREE and is a “legal app in your pocket” and provides access to:

  • U.S. Constitution Terms
  •  Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Terms
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Terms
  • Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Terms
  • Federal Rules of Evidence Terms
  • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure




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Networking Opportunity

Privacy is an expanding field with opportunities for JDs who want to pursue alternative careers.  Privacy After Hours is a fun and easy way to get to know local privacy professionals in Jacksonville.   

Save the Date! Wednesday, September 19th 

There’s no agenda, just show up to the designated after hours location and enjoy yourself— you might even win a door prize! The event is being organized by a volunteer coordinator in your community, and it’s open to anyone who works in or is interested in privacy. Please note that individuals are responsible for their own expenses. 

Coordinator:  Jasen Hutchinson, JD, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, JEA

Date:  Wednesday, September 19th

Time:  5:30pm

Location:  River City Brewing Company, 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207, 904.398.229,

RSVP:  Please RSVP directly to the coordinator if you plan to attend! Just click the coordinator’s e-mail address above.

Click here to read a recent article from Inside Counsel discussing trends in privacy regulation.

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Unemployment Benefits Skills Lab wins its first hearing

The Unemployment Benefits Skills Lab won its first hearing last week.  The case involved the appeal of the denial of the client’s claim for unemployment compensation benefits. The Appeals Referee reversed the denial of benefits to a client who had been employed by the employer for 10 years at the time of termination.  The client was extremely grateful for the representation that the Skills Lab provided on a pro bono basis.

Students Holly Bayham, Ben Kelly, Lauren Gerena, Jonathan Toomey and Joshua Funk participated in the client interview, preparation for the hearing and attended the hearing. Soon, they will be representing clients at hearings, under the supervision of their professor. Special recognition goes to student Danitza Gonzales, who is the Lab’s TA, and who has worked as an Appeals Referee, for her insight and assistance with the hearing preparation.Florida Coastal’s Shadow Program will be holding orientations on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 12-1:15 in Room 505 and Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:15 in Room 505.  The Shadow Program offers Coastal Law students the unique opportunity to shadow practicing lawyers and judges in a wide array of civil and criminal proceedings in both state and federal court.  Students are exposed to the many different day to day facets of the practice of law in live cases.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bridge what you’re learning in the classroom with the skills you’ll need to practice.  Attendance at an orientation session is required to participate in the program.  Additional orientation sessions will be scheduled later this month and October.

Students, if you want to learn about opportunities to gain valuable practical experience in one of our in-house clinics or our credit-bearing externship program, you should attend one of the informational meetings that will be held this week. The times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 11th          3:00 to 4:00 P.M.             Room 420

Wed,       Sept. 12th          5:00 to 6:00 P.M.             Room 420

Thurs,     Sept. 13th           noon to 1:00 P.M.           Room 250

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Clinic and Externship Informational Sessions

Mark your calendar!  The clinic and externship programs will be hosting three informational sessions next week to answer all of your questions about these experiential learning opportunities.  Current clinic students will even be on hand to discuss their experiences.  The dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday September 11th at 3pm in Room 420 
  • Wednesday September 12th at 5pm in  Room 420
  • Thursday September 13th at 12pm in Room 250

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Technology of the Week- LawBox

The app is FREE and features the fastest full text legal search engine on any mobile device.

  • A built-in library allows users to download additional state and federal codes as they need them.
  • Following code packages are available as free downloads
    • Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
    • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
    • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
    • Federal Rules of Evidence
    • 28 U.S.C. – Judiciary and Judicial Procedure
    • United States Constitution
  • Hundreds of additional 2012 codes are already available for purchase

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ExamSoft Face-to-Face Workshop Schedule

Would you prefer to type your examinations rather than handwrite them? With the use of ExamSoft you can do just that!

 For Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 , Fall 2012 admits, and any previous AAMPLE students, in order to be eligible to use ExamSoft for your exams you MUST first attend an ExamSoft workshop. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If you previously attended an ExamSoft workshop you are not required to attend again.

Face-to-Face Workshop Option- 

Academic Technology will hold limited workshops the week of September 24th through September 28th. Attendance will be closely monitored at each workshop. Any student who leaves the workshop early will be removed from the attendance list and must attend another workshop before they are eligible to use ExamSoft. Students are responsible for signing in on one of the attendance sheets prior to leaving the workshop.

To RSVP for a workshop, please click on the link below that corresponds to the workshop you would like to attend, click on the sign-up tab, and input the information requested.  You should receive an email confirming that your RSVP has been received.  If the links below do not work, you can also RSVP through the website ( by clicking on “Master Calendar” and selecting the workshop from the events calendar



Start Time

End Time



Type of Workshop

Reservation Link

Monday, September 24th





Windows Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Windows Users: Monday, September 24th at 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 25th





Mac Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Mac Users: Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm

Wednesday, September 26th





Mac Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Mac Users: Wednesday, September 26th at 5:00pm

Thursday, September 27th





Windows Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Windows Users: Thursday, September 27th at 12:00pm

Friday, September 28th





Mixed Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Mixed Users: Friday, September 28th at 4:00pm

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